Kenya Markets Trust sticker label activation is key in ensuring that the quality of seeds planted by farmers is the best.
The initiative, which was spearheaded by KMT and Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) Amongst other stakeholders seeks to curb the sale of uncertified seeds.
In a consultative meeting between seed companies, distributors and stockist at KEPHIS headquarters in Karen, KEPHIS Head of Seed Certification and Plant Variety Protection Simon Maina retaliated that they were keen to address the issues affecting the quality of seeds produced.
He pointed out the issue of the sale of uncertified seeds and the marketing of seeds beyond its validity period as concerns they were seeking to curb.
Among the Concerns on seed quality that KMT and KEPHIS is working with stakeholders to address are sale of failed seed lots by seed merchants and the Use of seed reference number instead of lots given by KEPHIS
“We also have seed packets without local company identities and the sale of uncertified seeds which we would seek to curb with our automation of the seed certification and the plant variety protection system,” said Maina
KEPHIS MD Dr Esther Kimani, discussed the status of seed certification and the automation of the Seed Certification Process.
She reassured stakeholders that KEPHIS is keen on ensuring the quality is upheld, citing that they test 4500 seed samples annually .
KEPHIS General Manager, Quality assurance Simeon Kibet, confirmed that the country has the biggest seed industry lab in Africa .